Zelda: A Link to Past "Give Life" artwork in absolutely stunning animation

Zelda: A Link to Past “Give Life” artwork in absolutely stunning animation

Image: via Twitter (Parker Simmons) / Nintendo

If you’ve ever wondered what classic game art would look like if it were brought to life, well, here’s a great example. American entertainer Parker Simmons turned parts of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES manual and other material into living, breathing animations.

The results are absolutely stunning – with the artwork of the 1991 Super Nintendo action adventure coming to life. Many Zelda fans on social media are asking for an official cartoon in this style rather than the one we actually got.

Simmons reveals that the “Link vs Stalfos” battle was animated in Adobe Animate, had about 110 symbols, 70 frames, and the music was taken from the Zelda CD “Sound and Drama” from the 90s. Perhaps most surprisingly, the SFX is pulled from Dragon Quest VIII, but it fits! Note: This original art appears to have been taken from The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Dark Horse book released in 2016/17.

Aside from the beautifully animated “Link vs. Stalfos” battle, Simmons showed Link exploring a dungeon and talking to a Sage:

Parker Simmons is best known as the creator of the Cartoon Network animated series, Mao Mao: Heroes of the Pure Heart. He has worked on it before OK KO! as a writer and in various other roles, including voice work.

If you want to see some of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s artwork in its original state, there is actually an original PDF manual that you can access on Nintendo’s official website. And don’t forget, you can also play the SNES classic A Link to the Past via the Switch Online service. You’ll need a subscription, of course.

As for whether or not we’ll see anything like that, who knows? With Mario now heading to the big screen this April, there may be a chance for Link to leave the late 90’s animated TV series behind and write a new chapter in his on-screen history.

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